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Was I out of line to tell a physician about a patient with a history of substance abuse?

from Nurse.com

From April 2: According to author Nancy J. Brent: When it comes to patient confidentiality and privacy, the [case manager] has an obligation to protect both. However, the protection of privacy and confidentiality are not absolute. One of the things you may want to consider working into your [case management] practice is to discuss with the patient and family at the onset that there are some things that you cannot keep private and confidential and then give general examples — e.g., child abuse, criminal activity, communicable diseases, past medical history that may affect current treatment — and to whom that information would be shared. more


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